The Catalan manager believes Barcelona’s penalty did not impact the final result as they were already on their way to collect all three points against Racing Santander.
A Lionel Messi double was enough for Barcelona to collect all three points on offer against an inspired Racing Santander. The relegation threatened side were able to put up a decent fight against the reigning champions.
Messi converted La Blaugrana’s second from the penalty spot, a decision Los Verdiblancos players were not in favour of.
Reflecting on the affair, the 41-year-old manager stated that it had no bearing on the final result as Barcelona were comfortably cruising in the fixture.
"I do not think the penalty was decisive," Guardiola told reporters. "We controlled the entire match."
The outfit from Catalonia had to get a positive result on the road as La Liga leaders, Real Madrid, already secured their away fixture at the Benito Vermilion on Saturday.
Guardiola was pleased with the efforts of the players, who gave a good account of their abilities in the match.
"When you enter a match 13 points behind the [league] leaders [Real Madrid], you cannot wait and see what the opposing team will do," Guardiola noted.
The former AS Roma player was full of praise for Racing Santander players who made it difficult for the European and Spanish champions, to score while being away from home.
Reflecting on the proceedings, the two-time Champions League winning coach stated that it was tough for Barcelona players to play their normal game against their hosts’ resilience.
Racing were pegged in their own half for long durations of the match, lofting the ball out of bounds, whenever given the chance.
However, Guardiola voiced his displeasure at the negative tactics enforced by his opposing number.
"We did things well in a match in which it was very hard for us to circulate the ball. When they play with nine or 10 players behind the ball, it is never easy to enter the [penalty] area."
"Pedro is a very important player," Guardiola noted. "He has been so, he is so and will continue being so for a long time.
"He has to work like he did today. Goals come in streaks."
In their next La Liga match scheduled to take place on March 17th, Barcelona take on the challenge of Sevilla, at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.